Spaying and Neutering

Unless you plan to breed your cat or dog, we highly recommend that pets are spayed or neutered at 5–6 months. Early spaying or neutering can prevent many health issues, such as mammary tumors and pyometra, and unwanted behaviors, such as roaming and territorial aggression. “Fixing” your pet also prevents overpopulation and unwanted heat cycles and pregnancies.

We have laparoscopic capabilities to provide pets with minimally invasive surgery for spays, neuters and cryptorchid testicle retrieval). It offers the patient less pain, more rapid recovery, and, with liver biopsies, better diagnostic accuracy.​

A procedure is described as laparoscopic if the incisions are only those related to the instrumentation. A laparoscopic assisted procedure is one in which the laparoscope is used to markedly reduce the size of the incisions and amount of tissue manipulation so as to have reduced patient discomfort post operatively, increased healing, more rapid return to function, and better outcome.

The spaying and neutering process at Raleigh Animal Hospital
Information on spaying at Raleigh Animal Hospital

Spaying

Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an "ovariohysterectomy," the surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes 'messy' heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Additionally, research has shown that pets that have been spayed live longer than pets that have not been spayed.

Neutering

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering can help eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Animal Hospital in Raleigh neutering information